We are a workers’ co-operative!
We creatively and boldly organise around class identity, stigma, experience and oppression!
We build movements which support, sustain, and celebrate those from the class margins!
We educate and train people for better cross class organising!
We energise and encourage poor and working class folk in their pursuit to live well and thrive!
Eeeerh OK but what is The Class Work Project?
The Class Work Project is a workers’ co-operative developing theory, analysis, and practice around issues relating to class identity, oppression, and stigma in Britain and beyond.
We seek to centre the knowledge and experiences of poor and working-class people through writing, art, education and training. We publish and platform work in our publishing project... Lumpen: a journal for poor and working class writers. We run workshops and training sessions IRL and online called Exploring Class. We also work to create opportunities for the redistribution of resources within social movements.
In the autumn of 2021 we began the process of becoming a membership organisation. Its all very exciting, bewildering and to be honest we have zero idea what this will end up looking like. This is because we have no intention of holding a tight grip over the development of this project, we want it to go where others need it to go, to places we just don't know about yet, but we need to do this slowly, respecting our paid workers' and those who volunteer alike.
These are our aims:
Examine the ways in which our lives are shaped by our class position.
Create spaces for poor and working-class people to share their experiences and knowledge
Encourage middle class and owning class people to recognise and take responsibility for the benefits their class position has afforded them
Help people to better understand and support each other in order to mobilise effectively across classes in the fight for radical social change
Our foundational principles can be summed up by the words ‘Recognition, Redistribution, and Revolution’ (Recite three times in the mirror and the spectre of capital shall appear before you, trembling...)
Recognition: The demonisation and debasement of the poor and working-class has always been a fundamental principle of capitalism. In response, we have used a myriad of tools to affirm ourselves as humans worthy of not just meeting our basic needs, but as individuals and communities with an array of rich cultural practices and intellectual lives. As caring and compassionate people with wisdom to share. The Class Work Project is part of this tradition and seeks to centre those intellectual lives and wisdom.
Redistribution: Contemporary capitalism, like its previous mutations, has a cornerstone principle of extracting as much profit for the capitalist class as possible. The Class Work Project is part of the wider working-class struggle for an equitable distribution of resources and control over the production of those resources. But as that struggle continues, with no end in sight, we also argue for a redistribution of resources within the social movements that challenge capitalism and the manifestations of its violence. The stratification of society looms large over social movements, reproducing exclusion and marginalisation, and leaving the most precarious to fend for themselves. Those of us participating in these struggles must begin to collectivise our resources and redistribute our wealth in ways that build more equitable social movements.
Revolution: The Class Work Project seeks not only an end to capitalism and the state but to all forms of domination and oppression. We don’t think for a second that we can bring that about alone but aim to add knowledge and practice to social movements working towards the same ends. We aim to foster mutual aid, solidarity, support, compassion, and communities of care, in order to live peaceful lives when victory comes to the working class.